The Curse of Grass
Generation I offered very few high tier Pokémon for Grass loving trainers, with even the mighty Venusaur family line being a rather low tier. For hundreds of trainers worldwide, the Chikorita evolution line was expected to be a step in the right direction in terms of power, all around utility and versatility. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Chikorita family is far from a true Top Tier Pokémon family and it still doesn’t stand shoulder to shoulder with other Starter Families, especially when compared to Bulbasaur evolution line. Although this maybe sounds harsh, it doesn’t mean that Pokémon like Meganium are completely useless.
Chikorita, Bayleef and Meganium Max CP and Stats
The entire Chikorita family shares the same stat distribution pattern, with Attack and Stamina being roughly the same and Defense being around 1/3 of Attack. Surprisingly, the Defense stat of entire Family is still slightly higher than Defense of other starter families.
Given the stat distribution and potential movesets, Meganium is not a great in Gym offense, but is very good in Gym defense.
Meganium Best Moveset
Unfortunately, Chikorita and Bayleef don’t have access to any top tier Grass Moves, so they’re pretty much useless in Gym offense and defense. On the other hand. Meganium has access to two great Grass move sets and it’s also very hard to obtain a Meganium with bad moves:
- Razor Leaf / Petal Blizzard
- Razor Leaf / Solar Beam
Although both movesets benefit from STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus), real world performance is much worse than Exeggutor with Confusion/Solar Beam and Venusaur with same moves.
|152||ChikoritaGRASS||VINE WHIP7GRASS KNOT90
|153||BayleefGRASS||RAZOR LEAF13GRASS KNOT90
|154||MeganiumGRASS||RAZOR LEAF13PETAL BLIZZARD110
Meganium was supposed to be the Grass Lovers hero, not the one they deserve, but the one they needed. Unfortunately, it turned out to be neither, as its’ low stats and Max CP values hold him back against equivalent Generation I Pokémon.
Exeggutor is still the king of Grass Types in Pokémon GO.